Baby and Child Chiropractic: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions regarding your baby’s treatment

The FAQs below will answer many of any questions you may have but please do feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have. We’ll be happy to advise you without obligation to use our services.

What if my baby needs to be changed or fed during the examination or treatment?

This poses no problem as we are more than happy for you to change your baby within the clinic and can provide space if needed. Treatment can often take place while you feed your baby and we sometimes find this is actually an optimal time to treat your baby! We try and encourage mothers to bring young babies during the morning or early afternoon. This seems to be when a lot of babies are more settled.

Is the treatment gentle – will there be any ‘clicking’ involved?

Hampstead Chiropractic Clinic Children Treatment

Treatment of babies is extremely gentle and uses only light touch spinal techniques or cranial techniques. For infants there is no ‘clicking’ involved.

As the child grows up, we may use slightly more direct techniques, such as the activator or gentle adjustments (manipulation), but this depends on the comfort and willingness of the child and consent of the parent of course.

Will they feeling or any pain or discomfort during or after the treatment??

Hampstead Chiropractic Clinic Baby treatmentAs the techniques are gentle, there should be no discomfort involved, although there is no evidence to say either way. We do not use any more pressure than you can comfortably apply over your closed eye lid as an adult.

From observation, most babies seem to relax when being treated. Parents often report they sleep very well after too!

How qualified is my Chiropractor?

Hampstead Chiropractic Clinic Infant TreatmentEvery person that calls themselves a chiropractor in the UK must be on a Government Register (with the general Chiropractic Council – GCC). In other words, as the Profession has statutory Regulation, each Chiropractor in the UK will have undergone a minimum amount of training and will have a recognized qualification. Usually Chiropractors train for four to five years, with three or four years intensive pre-clinical education, followed by a clinical year. The training usually leads to Bachelors and/or a Masters degree qualification.

Once fully qualified, Chiropractors are required to undergo Continual Professional Development by attending courses to keep ahead of the latest techniques and protocols. Without this, they cannot stay on the Government Register. In addition to this training Nina van Dyk is one of a hand full of chiropractors in the UK that has completed a Post Graduate Masters Degree in Paediatric Practice specialising in babies and children.

How long do the treatments take?

Hampstead Chiropractic Clinic Specialist Baby and Child Treatment

Initial consultations will take about 1 hour. We will do the appropriate physical and orthopaedic assessment and provide a  full Report of Findings.  Most often we provide a very gentle treatment on the first visit unless we feel referral to a specialist or GP is needed.

Subsequent treatment will take 20 minutes or longer if the Chiropractor feels it is necessary. If you are not used to Chiropractic treatment, this may seem fairly quick, however this is completely normal for a Chiropractic Treatment and is ample of time, especially for young babies.

How early can I bring my baby in?

baby being given chiropractic treatmentThe earlier, the better. So whether your baby is a few hours or days old, we can start making your baby comfortable in its new life outside the womb.


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Providing High Quality Chiropractic in North London Since 2004

We are friendly Chiropractors in North London, NW3. Ideally situated close to central London, we have parking space and are just a few minutes' walk from Finchley Road tube station and Finchley Road and Frognal overground, linking us to Canary Wharf and the City.

Our chiropractic patients are typically from the North West London area but also travel from far afield due to our good results, appointments that aren't rushed and our attention to our patients.